Airlines Issue Travel Waivers As Hurricane Henri Hits The Northeast

As Hurricane Henri prepares to make landfall today, airlines have begun issuing emergency travel passengers. Much of the Northeast United States is covered by the advisory, giving passengers the option to cancel or rebook flights. The hurricane is expected to make landfall in New York before crossing Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and possibly more areas. Here is an overview.

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Airlines are expecting up to two days of disruptions due to Henri, which has been weakening in recent hours. Photo: Getty Images

All advisories cover flights on 22nd and 23rd August as of now.

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As the Northeast prepares for Hurricane Henri, airlines have sprung into action for affected passengers. Over the last day, carriers have begun issuing their usual travel waivers, which give passengers extra flexibility (even by pandemic standards) to shuffle their travel plans. The hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm but remains a threat to millions.

Delta Air Lines‘ travel waiver covers travel through, from, or to Boston (BOS), Hartford/Springfield (BDL), Martha’s Vineyard (MVY), and Nantucket (ACK) in Massachusetts; Newark (EWR) in New Jersey; New York John F. Kennedy (JFK), New York LaGuardia (LGA), and White Plains (HPN) in New York; Portland (PWD) in Maine; and Providence (PVD) in Rhode Island.

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Airlines could be facing thousands of canceled and delayed flights depending on when flights are suspended. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Passengers can rebook their flights any time before 26th August and avoid a fare difference on their route (in the same booking class). Rescheduling beyond 26th August will be allowed for up to one year from the flight, but passengers must pay any fare difference. Travelers can also request a refund for canceled flights. All of these conditions are only applicable on tickets booked on or before August 20th.

American and JetBlue

American Airlines is covering the most airports with its travel waiver, with 15 destinations included.

Passengers are eligible if they have travel through, from, or to Albany (ALB), Islip (ISP), New York John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), Stewart Newburgh (SWF), and White Plains (HPN) in New York; Boston (BOS), Nantucket (ACK), and Martha’s Vineyard (MVY) in Mass.; Hartford (BDL) and New Haven (HVN) in Connecticut; Newark (EWR) in New Jersey; Manchester (MHT) in New Hampshire; Portland (PWM) in Maine; and Providence (PVD) in Rhode Island.

Tickets can be rebooked with any fare difference between 20th to 30th August, regardless of class of travel. Beyond this, passengers have one year to fly; however, they may have to pay any price difference that might arise. All bookings must be made by 23rd August to be covered by the waiver.

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American’s destinations across the Northeast have been affected by Hurricane Henri. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

JetBlue’s travel waiver will cover flights from, through, and to New York JFK, LGA, and Westchester County (HPN) in New York; Boston (BOS), Hyannis (HYA), Martha’s Vineyard (MVY), Nantucket (ACK), Worcester (ORH) in Massachusetts; Hartford (BDL), Conn., Newark (EWR), New Jersey; Portland (PWM), Maine; Providence (PVD) in Rhode Island.

Passengers can rebook for flights on or before August 26th with no fare difference.

Southwest and United

Southwest is offering the most generous rebooking policy for passengers with flights landing or taking off from Albany (ALB), Islip (ISP), New York LaGuardia (LGA) in New York; Boston (BOS), Mass.; Hartford (BDL), Conn.; Manchester (MHT), New Hampshire; Portland (PWM), Maine; and Providence (PVD), Rhode Island. Passengers can rebook for travel anytime within 14 days of the original travel date with no fare difference.

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United’s mega Newark hub could see thousands of flights canceled in the next 48 hours. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

United is covering travel from 21st to 24th August under its travel waiver. Passengers flying to, from, and through Boston (BOS)​, Nantucket (ACK) in Mass.; Hartford (BDL), Conn.; JFK and LGA in New York; Newark (EWR), New Jersey; Manchester (MHT), New Hampshire; Portland (PWM), Maine; and Providence (PVD), Rhode Island.

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Spirit Airlines has issued a travel waiver for travel to, from, and through Boston (BOS), Hartford (BDL), Newark (EWR), and New York (LGA). Passengers can rebook onto flights without any fare difference between 23rd and 30th August. Any rescheduling beyond this date will attract a possible fare difference.

Frontier Airlines Airbus A320
Rebooking policies across airlines are fairly similar yet have some unique quirks each. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Frontier Airlines will accommodate passengers flying from, to, or through Islip (ISP) and LaGuardia (LGA) in New York; Boston (BOS); Hartford (BDL), Conn; Newark (EWR), and Trenton (TTN) in New Jersey; Philadelphia (PHL), Penn.; and Providence (PVD), Rhode Island.  Frontier passengers can make one change to their ticket with no restriction, except that travel must be completed by 2nd September.

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